Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:3
Read: James 1:3-4
Patience is an indispensable virtue for all believers in Christ. In the first place, the race we are called into can only be run through patience because it is a marathon. (Hebrew 12:1) Also, there is hardly any promise of God that can be fulfilled in the life of believers without the combination of faith and patience (Hebrew 6:12). As indispensable as faith is to a Christian, so also is patience. No wonder it is part of the fruit of the spirit- longsuffering (Galatians 5:22). Do you know that when your faith is being tried, God uses that trial to generate patience in you (James 1:3)? This implies that the longer the period of trial, the greater your level of patience. But, when you fail to handle a particular trial of faith the way you should, it will not generate the level of patience that it should. For this reason, many who have gone through trials and complained throughout, grumbled against God, saw God as the opposition or even dropped in their personal obedience or commitment to God, ended up with little or no increase in patience.
If you have a lot of patience, you are rich. Like faith, patience is needed in virtually every area. According to today’s reading, patience has a divine assignment to perform in our lives that will make us perfect. There is no perfection without patience and without perfection you cannot see God. So to see God, you need patience. Patience can attract God’s mercy to qualify the unqualified. We see this in the case of the Syrophenician woman who approached the Lord for the deliverance of her daughter. Even when the Lord ignored her and she was virtually called a “dog”, she persisted in the presence of the Lord. At last, her patience qualified her for the miracle her demographics had disqualified her from (Mark 7:25-30). How much patience do you have? Some leaders brag about how impatient they are without knowing how impoverished that makes them. Ask God for the grace to build more deposits of patience until you are rich in patience and it shows.
Until patience has its full impact in your life, you cannot be what you were meant to be. Ask that God will make you perfect through patience.
Bible in one year: Psalms 10-12